PG&E checking for powerline damage before restoring power

PG&E is checking over 3,000 miles of powerlines to search for any damage they may have sustained Tuesday evening.

Posted: Aug 18, 2021 3:30 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2021 4:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Pacific Gas and Electric is patrolling lines that have been de-energized during Tuesdays’ Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), according to PG&E.

The company said it has started restoring power in some areas and will continue to restore power when it is safe to do so.

PG&E is patrolling more than 3,280 miles of lines to ensure there is no damage or hazards to the lines before the power is restored.

48,000 customers were without power in 13 counties that experienced high winds in areas of drought.

Paul Moreno, Principal, Marketing and Communications for PG&E, said Burney, McArthur and almost all of Paradise's power has been restored after patrols of powerlines. 

Crews are patrolling the area of Magalia and are waiting for the winds to improve in areas like Redding and Tehama County, according to Moreno. 

Moreno added that in Shingletown and Magalia, the company uses a microgrid to power businesses like gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants in the central areas of the towns by using underground powerlines.

The remaining customers who are without power should expect power to be restored by Thursday afternoon, according to PG&E.

Crews will be fixing damaged lines and may take extra time to restore power to certain customers.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Sierra, Trinity and Yuba counties never lost power during the PSPS due to weather forecasts that turned out to be favorable in those counties.

The Community Resource Centers remain open.

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